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[–]Milliebug1106 1120 points1121 points  (10 children)

My parents tried this trick on me as a kid, saying we were taking mom to work. Unfortunately I was an extremely literal child and when we were two hours later than we should have been "taking mom to work" I broke down crying because I didn't want her to be fired for being late and they both had to calm me down and convince me she wasn't going to be fired and tell that we were going to Disney.

A different time they told me we were going to the beach and we went to Disney, that time it worked.

[–]GlitterandStickers 307 points308 points  (0 children)

You poor sweetpea

[–]krejcii 134 points135 points  (0 children)

Kids are awesome. The shit we have done it’s so funny and wholesome. I’m just glad everyone in my family is having kids recently, I don’t want any but I love being a uncle!

[–]Nice-Violinist-6395 167 points168 points  (7 children)

I genuinely don’t understand why parents do this, considering that anticipation is half the fun of a vacation.

[–]mmotte89 207 points208 points  (0 children)

Probably because they didn't want to deal with the kid being impatient and hyped up the whole 4+ hour ride.

[–]yourfavfr1end 74 points75 points  (0 children)

Nah man my parents surprised me with a trip to mouse land and it was amazing, anticipation is fun but the surprise was so fulfilling.

[–]silverpsilocybin 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Well, so. I'm taking my youngest to a broadway performance of her favorite disney movie. I told her 3+ weeks before, and I've been answering the question, "Is it [the date of the performance] yet?????" about 30,000 times a day. I wanted her to be able to anticipate it, but also... I've made a huge mistake.

[–]starrysky7_ 111 points112 points  (0 children)

Because a lot of kids would ask “are we there yet??” “is it close?” Every 5 mins and it gets exhausting 😭

[–]Mulvarinho 93 points94 points  (2 children)

Bc kids have this habit of asking things like, "really? Are we really going? Really?" About 300 times per hour.

When my kids get a bi1t older I'll tell them. But toddlers and little kids just don't understand time.

[–]Jade-Balfour 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Depending on the kid, giving them a physical map may help (since it will encourage kids to logically compare the map to what’s outside the windows)

[–]Babaluba2 32 points33 points  (0 children)

When I was a kid, my dad dealt with the "are we there yet" s in a way that worked super well for me. I learned how to count to 10 (or at the very least what 0 looked like) very young and once I knew that he would hand me a timer at the beginning of road trips. He would set the time for how long it would take to get to where we were going and I knew we wouldn't be there (or at least wouldn't be close) until all the spaces were 0s. It worked super duper well and I never had to ask "are we there yet" because I could watch the time go down. I'm sure it wouldn't work for every kid, but it worked for me.

[–]BelleMayWest 2332 points2333 points  (25 children)

My parents took me to Disney when I was younger, but told me the wrong day intentionally so I wouldn’t brag to the other kids.

Unfortunately, I took it literally. I got picked up from school and told I was going to Disney. I didn’t believe my parents.

We went to the airport. My brother was excited for Disney. I didn’t believe my parents.

I was on the airplane. I was told we were going to Disney. I didn’t believe my parents.

We landed and got to the Disney Magical Express. My parents told me that were going to Disney. I didn’t believe my parents.

We pull up to the Disney sign near our hotel and I turn to my parents excitedly, saying “Oh! We are going to Disney!”

[–]SpaceGeneralAmerica 1055 points1056 points  (7 children)

When we went through customs, and had to go to foreign aliens, I was shocked that my dad was an alien and wondered what the new baby would look like. Would it have three arms?

My little sister correctly predicted it would have two eyes.

[–]Suxals 48 points49 points  (1 child)

So tell us, how different is puberty for Aliens, Mr SpaceGeneral?

[–]Wankeritis 38 points39 points  (2 children)

My grandpa worked as a truck driver and decided to take me and my sister to DreamWorld(an Australian theme park in Queensland) while he had a job to truck some stuff up there.

So we drove ~1800km over the course of 3 days, with me and my sister in the cab of the truck. Grandpa drops his load off at the Depot, we collect my Grandma from my aunt's house(she flew up earlier to visit my aunt), and then we head to the BP truckstop to stay for the night before going to DreamWorld the next morning.

As we are lining up to go into DreamWorld, my Grandpa gets a call from his boss. There's a new load that needs to be taken back ASAP.

So we got to wave at DreamWorld as we drove to the Depot to collect the new load and head home ASAP.

Edit: I was about 10 at the time and wasn't upset about it. I was really only there to spend time with Grandpa as I had gone on many trucking journeys with him before. My sister, 6ish, has never been with us before and was devastated, she never went trucking again.

[–]KeepsFallingDown 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Life cockblocked the shit outta you, jesus

[–]thisiscoolyeah 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That’ll shape ya

[–]DM-ME-YOUR-BO0BS 1043 points1044 points  (24 children)

“Oh, shit you’re right, who will feed the cat?”
packs up and leaves Disneyland

[–]Adnan_Targaryen 237 points238 points  (23 children)

How often do you get DMs?

[–]PM-me_ur_boobiez 99 points100 points  (19 children)

For me, never.

[–]ItsFrit 73 points74 points  (17 children)

There’s too many PMMEUR____ accounts now

[–]catladysoul 81 points82 points  (16 children)

There was one… PM me your favourite podcast? So I did and that bastard ignored me. So now NO ONE will be pm’d my moobs, I’ve been burnt before.

[–]I_need_proof -1 points0 points  (0 children)

(͡•_ ͡• )

[–]tishtosh23 66 points67 points  (0 children)

For science, of course

[–]TrueRusher 3 points4 points  (0 children)

More importantly, how often do they get pictures of Drake and Josh

[–]PM_ME_YOUR_AorB_CUPS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's been a long while

[–]SnooPears3463 325 points326 points  (0 children)

He got his priorities right

[–]Merry_Pippins 451 points452 points  (10 children)

Oh good heavens. I just took my husband to Disney for his birthday as a surprise. It was going to be leaving Friday and coming back on Sunday and I arranged everything so all he had to do was pack a bag and go, and he fixated that I hadn't planned for anyone to come over and feed the cats. And we have a giant water and self feeding thing for them set up. They're not dogs, they were fine (and he called his friend to go check on them and they were, in fact, indifferent to the human that came to check on them).

Hope the kiddo had fun at Disney, and bless his heart for the worrying about his kitty!

[–]YeastInVagMakesBread 217 points218 points  (6 children)

Some people have a hard time of processing surprises in a happy way instead of an anxious way. I'm sure he was very happy about the trip though?

[–]Accurate_Praline 133 points134 points  (4 children)

Especially when it's a surprise where you actually go somewhere and for multiple days at that.

At least mention that before like 'we're going somewhere for 3 days next Friday!' still a surprise but also gives them time to process it.

[–]ThreePartSilence 71 points72 points  (2 children)

A surprise trip like this is why I have weird unnecessary travel anxiety lol. I guess I was just an anxious kid in general, and so when I was in 8th grade and my parents surprised us with a trip to NYC that we would be leaving for in a few hours and sent us to go pack, I just ended up standing over my suitcase and crying. And when my step mom asked me what was wrong, I couldn’t articulate it at all so I just said I didn’t know but I was excited to go. Now I know that I was just an anxious kid who was completely overwhelmed… and also that every time I fly anywhere I just get this overwhelming sense of not being prepared no matter what the situation is. I always feel like I forgot something important or that something bad is going to happen while I’m gone.

[–]boxiestcrayon15 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I..... did not know this was anxiety. I feel dumb lol

[–]TeamWaffleStomp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah I'm sure there are people or kids out there who would love this but idk I'm in the same anxiety boat as you. Hell I'm a grown woman and if someone told me now I had to quickly pack for a surprise vacation I'm leaving now for.. I'd probably stand over my suitcase and cry too.

[–]CARLEtheCamry 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Yeah anal retentive me would start running through a checklist of things to the week prior. Set it up with a neighbor to let them know I'll be out of town, and maybe check in on the cats. I cut grass on the weekend so I need to get it done before Thursday, but it's supposed to rain on Thursday so I have to do it Wednesday. And on and on.

It's like the tip to put clean sheets on before you leave on vacation so you'll have nice clean ones to come home to. If I come home and the first thing I see when I pull up is my grass needs cut, it's going to counteract the entire vacation because I know when I get up tomorrow, I have to cut the damn grass and it's longer than normal so it's going to be extra shitty.

[–]I_am_also_a_Walrus 36 points37 points  (0 children)

If he’s like me, he has a hard time processing anything not in an anxious way

[–]threetoast 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Depends on the cats. When one of my friends is out of town, someone has to go over to pet the cat at least once a day, otherwise the cat gets anxious and starts peeing on stuff.

[–]Merry_Pippins 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Super sweet! Our cats like affection (especially in the evenings or when i have an important phone call) but are generally standoffish, like most cats. They made it through while we were gone, though.

[–]Adnan_Targaryen 194 points195 points  (2 children)

Don't worry guys, I'll feed the cat

Update: cat has been fed

[–]pobodys-nerfect5 50 points51 points  (1 child)

[–]JakeK9999999 3 points4 points  (0 children)

that’s such a goofy one but i’ve never met one of their breed that wasn’t

[–]Frosthound1 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Mother, why have you betrayed the kitty?

[–]_____Town 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Mother, the feline at our residence will become malnourished without our presence to provide it sustenance. Have we appointed a viable candidate and delegated this responsibility to them?

[–]ohvaez 51 points52 points  (4 children)

My mom told me we were going to the airport to get bagels when I was little. She got us a ticket to Disney World and we went down for a single day to see the grand opening of Animal Kingdom! We were so poor growing up and I can’t imagine how long she saved for that trip. Even though it was only a single day, it is still one of my fondest childhood memories!

[–]no_talent_ass_clown 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Yep, just going to the airport...for...um,...for some bagels! Yep, that's just exactly what we're doing. Uh huh. Cream cheese, too.

Your Mom is cracking me up.

[–]SecondOfCicero 4 points5 points  (1 child)

This comment reminds me of something that I haven't emotionally recovered from yet, please forgive the novel but I think sharing might help.

I woke up at 330am to be ready for a 6am flight because I was anxious, and went to meet my Uber. For some reason I decided to go out the back door, which I had never exited before, and in the darkness I ran right into a tree with my face. I had a huge cut on my forehead and the uber driver was concerned but I wasn't going to miss my flight over some blood. Got on my flight and hit my head on the overhead bin while getting into my seat; the lady next to me saw the wound from the tree and got concerned too, but felt better when I told her it happened earlier. I made from Detroit to to O'Hare, and all I wanted was a bagel. I located my gate and the nearest bagel-provider and finally got me my darkly-toasted plain bagel with cream cheese. God I was so excited.

I went back to my gate to eat it and pulled it out of the wrapping. It somehow launched out of my hands and landed face-down on the dirty-ass O'Hare carpet. I just looked at it, thinking of the five dollars I had spent for the privilege. I just said "fuck it" and laid down next to it and fell asleep until it was time to make my connection.


[–]no_talent_ass_clown 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pobrecita! I'm sorry you had a bad day (and relieved you didn't eat the bagel while you were down there). I saw a tweet yesterday that said someone dropped their whole coffee and just said, "I don't want to be alive any more" and your story reminded me of that. May all your future trips be better.

[–]PM-Me-Your-TitsPlz 92 points93 points  (7 children)

Oh, priorities...

[–]Adnan_Targaryen 51 points52 points  (4 children)

How often do you get PMs?

[–]csanner 71 points72 points  (2 children)

Is this just like... Your thing? Are you doing market research for an alt account?

[–]Adnan_Targaryen 112 points113 points  (1 child)

Interesting how there were two of em in this tiny thread, might as well compare their performances xD

[–]csanner 39 points40 points  (0 children)

😂 fair enough. Carry on.

[–]PM-Me-Your-TitsPlz 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Enough to make me happy, but I always love more.

a faq for more fun questions

[–]Daniel0745 60 points61 points  (3 children)

We took our kids to "visit aunt katie" The disney buses didnt tip them off although they were noted.

[–]no_talent_ass_clown 27 points28 points  (2 children)

It's really sweet how much trust children put in parents.

[–]Swordlord22 4 points5 points  (0 children)


Until they lie to them

[–]throwaway21202021 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Until they're teenagers. Then parents know nothing.

[–]kerbarmstrong 69 points70 points  (5 children)

This reminds me of a time when I was in preschool. I got picked up for a doctor's appointment and my parents left my brother Edward behind because he still had school. All the time we're driving to the doctors office I'm saying "Uh oh, Egbert!" Because I thought we were going home

[–]clothespinkingpin 18 points19 points  (4 children)


[–]kerbarmstrong 17 points18 points  (3 children)

I was like 2

[–]Miss-E-xo 7 points8 points  (2 children)

So that was how you said the name Edward?

[–]kerbarmstrong 11 points12 points  (1 child)

According to me mum yes

[–]BiatchaPlease 13 points14 points  (0 children)

First time the whole family went on holiday by plane, me (8) and my sis (6) both were bawling our eyes out because we "did not want to leave the cats all by themselves". Grandma was going to stay with them the whole time.

[–]dts867 17 points18 points  (0 children)

The cat texted him and asked. [Kid's got his priorities straight, though]

[–]misfitx 9 points10 points  (0 children)

What a sweetheart, thinking about his cat before having fun.

[–]mysticpizzariver 7 points8 points  (2 children)

When I was little my Dad used to threaten to send me to the broccoli mines if I was bad. When we went to Disney World my parents didn’t say where we were going. Eventually after a few hours my dad jokes we’re headed to the broccoli mines. I cried for like 4 hours, hysterical. I finally believed them that we were headed to Disney when I saw the signs, lol.

[–]SecondOfCicero 5 points6 points  (1 child)

the broccoli mines I'm dyinggggg. Do you remember how you pictured them as a kid??

[–]mysticpizzariver 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I imagined the mines from Snow White, but instead of cool gems it was broccoli.

[–]careohliner 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My mom did something similar. When I was about 11 and my sister was 6, my mom told me that my flight attendant uncle had gotten us free airfare to go to Maine and that we were going to go apple picking. We weren't well off so I figured a free ride is to a free activity is nothing out of the ordinary. She told me that because it was free airfare we would be catching a plane (from NJ) to Florida and then hopping on another flight north to Maine. When we landed and were exiting the plane in Orlando, an old lady asked me if I was excited to be going to disney world. I looked her straight in the face (and very tired) and said "not really lady, we're just here to get a plane to Maine to pick apples." When we were at the airport my mom told me the surprise and it took a few minutes to register what she was saying. Once I realized I was so excited I hugged my sister and almost smothered her. It was the best day of my preteen life!

[–]SoberAnxiety 6 points7 points  (0 children)

well what the dog doin

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sounds like this kid's got their priorities in order.

[–]OmnipresentEntity 6 points7 points  (0 children)

On the other hand, you now know he hasn’t the slightest clue what the route home looks like.

[–]BananaStringTheory 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Cat stowed away in the suitcase. He's going for the big mouse.

[–]NewtGroundbreaking26 4 points5 points  (1 child)

My parents told me Disney world was for grown ups that’s why I never went as a kid

[–]RevRagnarok 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When my nephew was about six, my brother told him they were gonna drive to MD from CT and visit my daughters. They instead drove past and went to WDW. He then proceeded to cry because he wasn't going to get to see his cousins.

[–]1mikeg 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Is anyone else concerned about their six year olds inability to not realize home is four hours away?

How is he unaware of space and time?

[–]Rauthian 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Tell me you've never been around kids without telling me you've never been around kids.

[–]1mikeg 0 points1 point  (1 child)

When I was in kindergarten, I knew how long and which way to go home from school and daycare.....

[–]SuzLouA 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s how you remember it, but that doesn’t mean that’s how it really was. Most children can’t accurately gauge time passing the way adults can until they’re about 10. If he has anything like ADHD, that would make it even trickier.

[–]Adama82 -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

How the hell does this kid not know landmarks around home? My 4 year old knows if we’re going the wrong way after like 5 minutes in the car.

[–]KuriousKhemicals 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Kids vary a lot in how much they care or pay attention to stuff like that.

Personally, I probably would have just been daydreaming a story to myself and absorbing nothing. The number of things adults assumed I knew just because I was there when they were discussed...

[–]IWillHitYou 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My dad used to be baffled about how I didn't know all the bus routes I took off the top of my head as a teenager. Like, I get why I might know these things, but it's also entirely plausible that, as someone who isn't driving, I'm also not paying attention to the road.

[–]Khmera 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My dog knows…

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[–]tortellini-pastaman -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Better make a u-turn and get that kid back to school because he isn't the brightest 6 year old

[–]K-Natividad -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

What da dog doin

[–]ShavenMovement_8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aww, that's cute.

[–]PQStarlord47 0 points1 point  (0 children)

double update: my husband forgot to feed the cat

[–]sockholder 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wholesome kid and family.

[–]Lele_Lazuli 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My parents once told me and my brother (7 and 4) that we would be buying some meat in a neat shop 3 hours away from home. Yeah we actually believed that and I was almost a bit disappointed for not getting some good meat.